Laurel Kay’s changes hands

141 Clips & Styles to move in on March 5
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Laurel Kay Langlay, left, hands the keys to 114 N. Main St. to new owners Santana Kindel and Lindsey DeStarkey. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Forty years and one month ago, the Times Herald featured a story about Laurel Kay Langlay, who had purchased Victor Peterson’s Majestic Beauty Salon and renamed it Laurel Kay’s Beauty Boutique.

Now Laurel Kay’s Hair Care, a fixture in downtown Oconto Falls for four decades, is changing hands.

Langlay closed the shop at 114 N. Main St. on Feb. 2 and has sold the building to sisters Santana (Wolfe) Kindel and Lindsey (Stadler) DeStarkey, who plan to move their 141 Clips and Style to the new location on March 5.

It’s been a long and satisfying journey for Langlay, who said when Carol Blazek — who also was there when she opened in 1978 — retired, she started thinking about retiring herself.

That was 14 years ago.

“It was the people,” she said when asked what kept her going. “They come in every six weeks or every six months, and they become like family.”

Her last day in the old shop was bittersweet, Langlay said.

“I got lots of hugs and sad faces,” she said wistfully. “Some of them even got mad at me.”

At 76, it’s time to slow down a bit – or at least as much as this busy lady can slow down.

Langlay is applying for an itinerant license so she can continue to do hair care for people in assisted living or who have a hard time getting out. She’s also talking about continuing to do sewing repairs for people, flower gardening and crafting.

“It was time,” said Langlay, who graduated in 1971 from what was then the American Beauty College in Green Bay. She decided to study after her three children — Kathryn, Bradley and Brent — were all in school.

She went to work for Peterson, who moved the salon to the building that is now the Flower Shoppe in 1974. After she bought the business in 1978, the credit union that had displaced the shop outgrew the building, and in 1985, she bought it back from the credit union and moved in to stay.

Kindel and DeStarkey called just before Christmas, and the women spent a lot of time talking between Christmas and New Year’s before agreeing to the sale.

The two women, who grew up together, graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 2005 and 2007, respectively. They opened 141 Clips & Style in 2011 and will be moving that business to downtown Oconto Falls.

Kindel graduated from Wisconsin College of Cosmetology in 2006 with licenses in barbering and cosmetology. DeStarkey apprenticed in the Upper Peninsula for a couple of years before moving back to Wisconsin and also graduating from WCC in 2009.

“A lot of people don’t understand what it really takes to become a cosmetologist,” DeStarkey said. “We still had to take anatomy and physiology and the history behind cosmetology.”

The town barber once served as doctor and dentist as well, she noted.

“The colors of the traditional barber pole — white is bandages, red is blood, blue is veins,” she said. “When you wanted your tooth pulled, you went to the barber.”

Kindel had worked for Sport Clips for about seven years; DeStarkey was at J.C. Penney and told her she was looking for a change. They opened 141 Clips & Style Nov. 28, 2011, in the strip mall along U.S. Highway 141 in the town of Stiles.

“The name will still be the same because it’s an LLC,” Kindel said. They have been renting and saw an opportunity to own.

The hours will still be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturdays by appointment only. They’ll have a Hex tanning booth.

The salon will feature Joico salon products, Loma certified organic products, and ISO, a sister to Joico, as well as Johnny B men’s products.

A farewell note

(Laurel Kay Langlay sent a note for her longtime clients and supporters.)

It’s been a great journey for 48 years.

I’m thankful and grateful for all my clients who appreciated my work in cosmetology hair services. I’ll miss everyone.

Thanks to all the girls who worked for me through the years. A big thank you for my daughter-in-law Denise Langlay for all the help with paperwork and moving.

Good luck to the gals Santana and Lindsey. You will love it at 114 N. Main St. I sure loved it there.

— Laurel Kay Langlay